The role of automated compression devices in out-of- and in- hospital cardiac arrest. Can we spare rescuers’ hands?

  • George Latsios | glatsios@gmail.com 1st Department of Cardiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9133-9258
  • Marianna Leopoulou 1st Department of Cardiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens; Cardiology Department, Elpis Hospital, Athens, Greece. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9495-059X
  • Andreas Synetos 1st Department of Cardiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece.
  • Antonis Karanasos 1st Department of Cardiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece.
  • Eleni Melidi 1st Department of Cardiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece.
  • Kostas Toutouzas 1st Department of Cardiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece.
  • Kostas Tsioufis 1st Department of Cardiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece.

Abstract

Research regarding the use of mechanical compressions in the setting of a cardiac arrest, either outside of or inside the hospital environment has produced mixed results. The debate whether they can replace manual compressions still remains. The aim of this review is to present current literature contemplating the application of mechanical compressions in both settings, data comparing them to manual compressions as well as current guidelines regarding their implementation in everyday clinical use. Currently, their implementation in the resuscitation protocol seems to benefit the victims of an in-hospital cardiac arrest rather than the victims that sustain a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital.

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Latsios, G., Leopoulou, M., Synetos, A., Karanasos, A., Melidi, E., Toutouzas, K., & Tsioufis, K. (2021). The role of automated compression devices in out-of- and in- hospital cardiac arrest. Can we spare rescuers’ hands?. Emergency Care Journal, 17(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/ecj.2021.9525